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Young Crufts competitors arrive before Thursday's launch

Crufts was established in 1891 by Charles Cruft Credit: Crufts 2013

Young Kennel Club members have arrived at Crufts 2013 today ahead of the show's launch on Thursday (March 7).

The event, which takes place at Birmingham's NEC, is the largest dog show in the world. This year will see more than 25,000 dogs competing.

Abbie Reynolds from Wootton Wawen in Warwickshire, arrived today with her dog, Marley, to take part in the Young Kennel Club's 'Heelwork to Music Freestyle' competition.

Twelve year old Abbie Reynolds from Wootton Wawen and her dog Marley Credit: Crufts 2013

According to a recent survey by the Kennel Club, dogs are becoming more intelligent following Ashleigh and Pudsey's success on Britain's Got Talent.

The pain from Wellingborough won ITV's talent contest in 2012.

Crufts 2013 has attracted more than 2,000 dogs from overseas for the first time. A total of 2,131 dogs from 41 different countries will take part at the show, including dogs from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, none of which have previously been represented.

Marley riding a skateboard Credit: Crufts 2013


In pictures: Clothes Show Live in Birmingham

ITV Central's Emma Jesson with designer and friend of the stars Henry Holland Credit: ITV Central

The Clothes Show Live has returned to the NEC in Birmingham today.

The event is on between the 7th and 11th of December and is said to be the most fashionable, inspirational and interactive event in the show's 24 year history.

Models on the cat walk display the latest lines of fashion Credit: ITV Central

Many top UK designers are to make appearances at the event including Henry Holland and Mark Fast.

Crowds are treated to fashion and dance on stage in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

Other celebrities including JLS, Peter Andre and Amy Childs from The Only Way is Essex will also be at Clothes Show Live.


Woman taken to hospital after falling from coach on M42

A woman in her 20s has been taken to hospital after falling from a coach which was travelling on the M42.

It's believed the woman fell from the vehicle's emergency exit onto the motorway near the NEC in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to junction 6 of the motorway shortly after 11:00pm last night.

An ambulance service spokesman said the woman had suffered a serious head injury.

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